How is Kenny McLean not in the Scotland squad?

A question that many Scotland fans have been asking themselves is, how is there no Aberdeen players in the Scotland squad?

It’s a fair question. They’re comfortably the second best side in Scotland and have three really good Scottish players. Kenny McLean, Graeme Shinnie and Ryan Jack.

Derek McInnes branded them all international quality after Aberdeen’s 7-2 win over Motherwell in February but Gordon Strachan couldn’t find a place for any of them in his most recent Scotland squad.

The Aberdeen manager would have felt disappointed not to see one of his players in the Scotland squad and has every right to feel that way, especially surrounding the omission of McLean.

This season is possibly McLean’s best yet, he’s been outstanding in his role either as an attacking midfielder or as a central midfielder.

He has moulded into a key figure since he arrived from St. Mirren in the 2015 January transfer window and has been compared to former Scotland captain, Barry Ferguson, in the way he plays his football which is high praise indeed.

Central midfield is his preferred position as he can influence and control games from that position easier that he could when he was featuring on the left hand side earlier in his career.

There’s always arguments over players who should be in the squad from fans but usually it’s only a set of fans from one club calling for their player to be in the squad, in the case of McLean, it seems that most Scotland fans would want him in there.

McLean has been unlucky but you cannot escape the fact that he has missed out due to Scotland being well stocked in his position.

Gordon Strachan named the likes of  James Morrison, Stuart Armstrong, Scott Brown, Tom Cairney, Darren Fletcher, Barry Bannan in his squad and all play in McLean’s position.

Although, two of those guys are new additions and with the withdrawal of Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur, you’d think McLean would have been drafted in.

McLean has featured in the Scotland squad before and has one cap to his named which came at the end of last season against Czech Republic.

Many thought that game may have been a spring board to the Scotland set-up on a more regular basis  but the Scotland manager clearly didn’t see that way.

McLean can only keep doing what he’s doing and trying to add extra qualities to his game, adding some extra goals would cause the cries for him to be named in the squad to get louder and louder.

Stuart Armstrong is a player who has no international caps but is in line to start in Scotland’s critical World Cup qualifier against Slovenia which shows McLean he still can feature and one of the main things Armstrong has done is add goals.

It’s only so long before McLean gets another chance in a Scotland jersey, a player of his quality will eventually break through but let’s hope for the Scottish Premiership’s sake that it can be done while playing his trade at Aberdeen.

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Liam Morrison

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